Ukrainian police evacuate 31 residents of Lysychansk

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Ukrainian police have taken 31 residents into custody, including 13 children from the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, in what a senior regional official describes as one of "The most difficult evacuations" in the last days.

Luhansk regional leader Serhiy Haidai says officers were initially sent to evacuate seven people who had previously agreed to leave, but after "A few hours of persuasion", ended up taking 31 residents, writes the BBC.

Haidai also says a vehicle that sent humanitarian aid to Lysychansk was damaged due to fighting in the area.

Russian forces have slowly advanced into the twin cities of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk. Local officials say two-thirds of Severodonetsk is now fenced.21Media